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Mating Time
Apr 2006 Fred Schaad

Mating Time

Osoyoos, BC

On Saturday, Barbara and I decided to visit Osoyoos and while there we watched these two Osprey
perform the spring mating ritual. The male has delivered some nest buidling material in hopes of
impressing the female and convincing her to allow him to mount her, which she did. The white specks
are water droplets dripping from the flotsam the Osprey retreived from nearby Lake Osoyoos. The line
in the image is a power line as this perch was at the top of a powerpole. I considered cloning it out
but my skills are such that it would look like a botch job. Oh well. :)

EDIT: Apparently, it bothered someone so much to see the powerlines in this photo they sent me one
with them cloned out. So, I deleted that one and this is my own version with the wires cloned.

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carlogalliani05-Nov-2012 13:58
great shot ! stunning !
dazkeyte03-Oct-2012 16:29
Range View 16-Sep-2011 22:45
Superb capture with amazing detail so sharp and clear. V
LeeG23-Dec-2010 01:31
Awesome shot, Fred, I envy you for getting to see this!
Light_Works16-Nov-2010 20:37
Lovely image! Well done! V.
robertoparmiggiani24-Oct-2010 17:53
Great shot v
Robert Houde10-May-2010 01:47
Wonderful capture & excellent clone job.
Jean-Luc Rollier09-Apr-2010 22:53
Amazing image! My favorite.
JL Vote
Sonja Ross03-Apr-2010 02:40
Interesting to see and to read the story.
Andrew30-Oct-2008 03:08
Good catch & so sharp! -v
gardener03-Aug-2008 05:52
Good shot and nice equipment. Thanks for posting. Peter
Bang Truong24-May-2008 08:03
This is amazing catch !! Very sharp image !
Reflections by Ruth25-Apr-2008 08:02
perfect timing and selected focus. I thought my eyes were getting tired because I couldnt see the power lines :)) glad to know you now uploaded a cloned version.
Marco Valk18-Feb-2008 18:36
great capture; vote
Giancarlo Guzzardi07-Nov-2007 11:00
beautiful shot
Carol Breton09-Jul-2007 16:19
Absolutely fantastic capture, Fred! Excellent focus and light! Vote.
Ghislaine et Réal Boulet05-Jul-2007 01:43
Great capture.
Cyrus Khamak04-Jun-2007 00:00
Atruly great shot and full of content,V
Apostolos Tikopoulos08-May-2007 21:36
Great shot.
Yiannis Pavlis17-Feb-2007 04:40
Exceptional effort my friend.I'm impressed: this shot is fantastic!really beautifull.
Anna Pagnacco10-Feb-2007 02:44
Great!!!! Perfect timing....Anna
Ed Goodnight03-Feb-2007 20:53
Karen Moen29-Jan-2007 04:41
A beautiful capture showing natural behsvior. Excellent shot! Voted.
Martin Wenzel20-Jan-2007 02:29
Great shot!
tamara galle09-Dec-2006 08:30
outstanding shot!
Chris Spracklen24-Jul-2006 07:36
Fabulous shot!!
Great action wildlife work!
Best regards, Chris
Jeanne Newman22-Jul-2006 03:20
In my humblest opinion, the power line adds the reality of content to this image. Would that all osprey could be free from the inventions of Man to woo and impress each other, but...extraordinary image nonetheless. Voted.
Jola Dziubinska16-Jun-2006 10:05
Fantastic capture, and thanks for the whole story.